DIY upholstery for fun and profits
DIY upholstery is very rewarding. You’ll get a huge amount of pleasure by
upholstering your own furniture. You’ll also have developed a skill you can use over and over again to reupholster your furniture throughout your lifetime. And in the process extend the useful life of your favourite chairs, sofa or chaise lounge. This is especially good when you have lots of old antique items in your house.
Of course the advantage of doing your own diy upholstery is that you save the cost of using a professional upholsterer. This can be hundreds of dollars.
Your only outgoings are the cost of the materials. You’re going to need a new covering material. And by the way reupholstering provides you with a great opportunity to match a chair with the particular decoration of a room you want to put the chair in.
You’ll also need new springs, webbing for the springs to rest on. Twine to tie the springs, tacks, Hessian, a mixture of horse hair and fibre to stuff the chair and piping cord. Most of these items can be bought from specialist shops or from an internet shop.
If you’ve never done any upholstery before then you’re going to need to learn the skills. You can do this through reading books, watching DVD’s or attending courses or evening classes.
If you have already have upholstery experience then you’re ready to start.
You should start by stripping your item down to the bare woodwork. Before you do make sure you have a camera handy. That’s because you should take photographs of every stage you uncover. This way you’ll have a permanent reminder of what goes where. It’ll be too late trying to remember what you had in place afterwards.
With the wooden frame inspect it for woodworm and treat if necessary. Also inspect each wooden joint. If any joints are wobbly then you’ll have to re-glue them. Another place to check is where the tacks go. Fill any holes up with a mixture of sawdust and glue. This will ensure your new tacks stay firmly in place.
Traditional upholstery consists of varying thicknesses of woven and loose materials. The number of layers varies but they are always built up the same way. The webbing is tacked to the frame. Over the webbing goes strong Hessian. This forms a base for the first layer of stuffing. A second layer then goes on top. This stuffing should be hair. And it helps to shape the final look. Next a layer of wadding is placed. Finally the top fabric goes on.
DIY upholstery is a great and interesting skill to have. And this will give you hours of delight.